ONTARIO – A study published recently in JMIR Medical Informatics concluded that telehealth can reduce the cost of managing chronic conditions like hypertension, but barriers remain in its adoption. “There are potential benefits for implementing telemedicine programs with patients dealing with chronic conditions,” the study’s authors wrote in the article. For the study, researchers reviewed available published data to collect information about self-management of hypertension through the use of telemedicine. Results showed the use of telehealth to manage the condition: increased access to care for patients; increased patient knowledge and involvement in treatment; advanced technology with remote monitoring; and reduced costs. The biggest barriers to the adoption of telehealth to treat hypertension were found to be a lack of evidence to its effectiveness and difficulty for patients to maintain self-management. “Understanding the facilitators and barriers to implementation is important, as is understanding how these factors will impact a successful implementation of telemedicine in the area of self-management of hypertension,” the authors wrote.
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